Joyce Msuya of Tanzania named Acting Head of UNEP


Joyce Msuya of Tanzania has been appointed the acting head of United Nations Environment Programme following the resignation of Erik Solheim.
Since May 2018, she has been serving as the body’s Deputy Executive Director.
Solheim confirmed his resignation following severe criticism of his global travels.
According to the Guardian, a draft internal UN audit in September found Solheim had spent almost $500,000on air travel and hotels in just 22 months, and was away 80% of the time.
The audit said this was a “reputation risk” for an organisation dedicated to fighting climate change.
Erik Solheim, in a statement he said “On Saturday, I received the final report on the audit of official travel undertaken by the UN’s Office of Internal Oversight Services. As I have maintained throughout this process – I have been and remain – committed to doing what I believe to be in the best interest of UN Environment and the mission we are here to achieve.

For this reason, after deep reflection and in close consultation with the Secretary-General, I am stepping down as Executive Director of UN Environment with effect from 22 November 2018. Moments ago, with a heavy heart, I informed the Secretary-General of my decision. He indicated that he will be shortly appointing an Officer in Charge of the Organization.”

Msuya previously served as the World Bank Special Representative and Head of the World Bank Group Office in the Republic of Korea, as well as Regional Coordinator at the World Bank Institute covering East Asia and Pacific Region, based in China, and Principal Strategy Officer at the International Finance Corporation’s Manufacturing, Agribusiness & Services Department.  
Ms. Msuya holds a Master of Science in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Ottawa, Canada, and a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Immunology from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland. She is married and has two children.

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